Los Angeles County prosecutors are preparing to tackle Hollywood's growing tide of sexual misconduct accusations with a new task force.
The group of veteran sex crimes prosecutors will "ensure a uniformed approach to the legal review and possible prosecution of any case that meets both the legal and factual standards for criminal prosecution," Jackie Lacey, the Los Angeles County district attorney, said in a statement Thursday.
She said her office has been in contact with the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments, but has yet to receive cases warranting criminal charges.
A publicist for Louis C.K. told The Times that the Emmy winner was "not going to answer any questions." But before the newspaper published its report, the New York premiere of his new film, "I Love You, Daddy," was canceled.
Two of the women told The Times they decided not to go to police because they were unsure what they say he did was a crime. NBC News has not verified the allegations. It is not immediately clear if any of the allegations against Louis C.K. took place in Los Angeles.
"Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta publicly accused Weinstein of raping her twice in 2010. NBC News also confirmed there are at least four sexual misconduct or sexual assault investigations related to Weinstein underway in the Los Angeles area.
Weinstein denied the claims through a spokesperson, who said that "any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."
Los Angeles police are also investigating cases involving other people in the entertainment industry, including a sexual assault allegation against talent agent Adam Venit made by actor Terry Crews and one against actor Ed Westwick filed by actress Kristine Cohen.
Venit's talent agency did not respond to a request for comment from NBC News.
Westwick tweeted Thursday that he is cooperating with authorities but called any allegations against him "provably untrue social media claims."
Erik Ortiz is a staff writer for NBC News focusing on racial injustice and social inequality.
Andrew Blankstein is an investigative reporter for NBC News. He covers the Western United States, specializing in crime, courts and homeland security.